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What gays and lesbians can tell us about contemporary Chinese society

13 Jan 2011

Talk on Friday 21 January (12.30 -1.30pm) in The Kanaris Lecture Theatre, The Manchester Museum

The Confucius Institute Public Talks on China

The Margins Within: What Gays and Lesbians Can Tell Us About Contemporary Chinese Society
Dr William Schroeder (BICC)
What do the daily lives and experiences of urban Chinese gays and lesbians, their attempts to fit in, to get away, and also just to have fun, tell us about contemporary Chinese society and culture?

As westerners have begun to interact with a globalizing China, we have become more curious about what the country is really like. Within China's multi-ethnic, multi-lingual and mutli-cultural society, there are less visible groups we may never encounter, such as the gay and lesbian community in Beijing, that can teach us a lot about Chinese culture and values.